June 9, 2015
Been looking for this forever
With so much WW2 propaganda ingrained into our subconscious, it is easy to forget that there was a great deal of WW1 film propaganda done way before that, and helped to lay the basis for some of the later motifs.
This little short is only barely about the war however. The first two skits are about the Tramp and his misadventures with a "friend" and love interest; but in the third, that evil Kaiser starts to menace lady liberty herself, only to be foiled by the brave American serviceman. This is followed by a hilarious little skit with Chaplain, Uncle Sam, and Industry incarnate. At the very end he whacks the Kaiser with a mallet.